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Omakase Room by Tatsu by Savvy, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity and scented ceramic gift by Savvy for New York restaurant Omakase Room by Tatsu

Omakase Room by Tatsu is a unique sushi dining experience located on New York’s Christopher Street. The concept is rooted in the centuries-old family traditions of Japanese Executive Chef and host Tatsu Sekiguchi and the celebration of the individual and personal. This can be experienced in the restaurant’s unique and intimate setting, one that seats only eight, and a menu carefully crafted by Tatsu for one evening and for that specific group of eight, based on their mood, curiosities and preferences.

The restaurant features a light interior design of soft bamboo and fabric centred around Japanese minimalist traditions. Materials a few but high quality, the ceiling is low, and the design of the table and layout of chairs lend the restaurant a quiet and earthy material quality with little distraction, and establish an intimacy with the chef, and focuses the mind on the food.

Building on this, design studio Savvy developed a multi-sensory brand identity, with a similar restraint, materiality and discretion. This offers something of its own subtle character but does not detract from the food, while also working in small thoughtful details such as scent and semi-transparent paper that links type with interior. The project included menus, stationery, business cards and a ceramic gift.

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Collect by Spin, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and flyer for contemporary international art fair Collect, designed by Spin, London, UK

Collect is an international art fair that this year took place between the 2–6 of February at London’s Saatchi Gallery. Presented by the Crafts Council, Collect gave visitors the chance to see and buy museum-quality and contemporary ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metal and textiles created by established and emerging artists and makers represented by over thirty of the world’s best galleries.

Collect’s brand identity, designed by Spin, draws character, play and visual interest from an economical use of a single and fairly austere font, and a black and white colour palette, and went on to include a variety of print communications including leaflets and catalogue, art direction, animation, advertising, signage and environmental graphics.

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Galipette Cidre by Werklig, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging design for authentic, French premium cidre Galipette Cidre by Werklig, Finland

Galipette is a premium cidre made from 100% pure fermented apple juice (pur jus) pressed from apples that are hand picked from orchards in Brittany, Northwest France. Galipette is available as a Brut and a sweeter Biologique. These are free of gluten and added sugar and created for the international markets of Europe, North America and China by the Cider Supply Company, a businesses founded on the values of local craftsmanship and European cidre making heritage.

With the intention of engaging a market made up of urban, quality seeking people who appreciate freshness and the legacy of French Cidre, Scandinavian studio Werklig created a brand identity, packaging design and website that, rather than leveraging the rural aesthetic that proliferates the category, finds a comfortable balance between heritage cues and modernity, the familiar and the distinctive.

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